Nov. 7, 2023
Canadian poet Rupi Kaur rejected an invite from US President Joe Biden for an upcoming Diwali event at the White House. Ms Kaur tweeted, “I received an invite from the Biden administration for a Diwali event being held by the VP on November 8. I decline any invitation from an institution that supports the collective punishment of a trapped civilian population – 50% of whom are children. I implore my South Asian community to hold this administration accountable. As a Sikh woman, I will not allow my likeness to be used in whitewashing this administration’s actions. When a government’s actions dehumanize people anywhere in the world, it is our moral imperative to call for justice. Stand with the world and demand a humanitarian ceasefire.”
The US administration is receiving a lot of criticism and condemnation globally for its support to Israel that continues to bombard civilians in Gaza.